There are various ways you can access Microsoft’s latest Office suite
So Office 2016 is out and you want to get your hands on it so bad, but you are not willing to part with your money . . .just yet? Well there is good news for you : If you’re not a power user and don’t need all the latest and greatest features, then you can access Office 2016 . . .well. . .for free!
Office Online is Microsoft’s free-for-all web based Office suite. It includes online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway, OneNote, Outlook, People, and Calendar. If you have used a recent version of Office, the Office Online interface will look familiar. Some advanced features, however, such as Mail Merge in Word or Pivot Tables in Excel, are not included. To sign in, you need a Microsoft account. Documents will be stored on OneDrive, which allows Google Drive-like collaboration on documents. You can however, also download files to your computer.
Mobile Office apps for Android, iOS, and Windows
Microsoft has entered the iOS and Android mobile markets with free touch-optimized Office apps, also available for Windows and Windows Phone. As with Office Online, the interface is similar to what you’re used to from the desktop Office suite, but many advanced features are missing.
Test the Office 2016 Preview for free
Microsoft has recently released a preview version of Office 2016. It includes improved touch features, real-time collaborative editing, a smart suggestion feature called Tell Me, and several more enhancements. Overall, it maintains the familiar Office 2013 design. Note that installing the Preview will remove your old version of Office, should you have one installed.
Run an Office 365 / 2013 trial
If you’re not sure whether or not to buy Microsoft Office or if you only need it for a short time, a trial version may give you enough time to make up your mind or get the job done. You can sign up for a 30 day trial of Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal. Both include the standard Office desktop applications, bundled with the Office 2013 desktop suite, the online version of Office, 1TB storage, 60 Skype minutes per month, and more. You need a Microsoft account to start a trial. You can try both the Home and Personal version for 30 days.
So there are several ways you can try out Office 2016 for free for some time, however ultimately the cheapest route long term is to purchase an Office 365 subscription. From as low as US$7 (R80) a month for the cheapest option, you can enjoy the benefits of Office 2016 software and always get the latest updates, hence a hassle-free experience at quite an affordable price.